The State Board of Education (SBE) voted this month to approve the first-ever instructional materials that incorporate California’s groundbreaking Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades K–8.
District and school leaders and teachers can review the board-approved materials and learn more from the publishers at the Science Instructional Materials Fair on Feb. 6. Approved publishers have also been invited to showcase their available high school materials.
The new standards train students to act like scientists by posing questions and developing their own experiments. It's a different way of teaching and learning, which is why the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Science team put together the Science Resource Center website.
The website includes a searchable database of NGSS, updated course model information that aligns with the final draft of the 2016 state Science Framework, and direct access to SDCOE’s #ProjectPhenomena database.
The website also has the SDCOE Framework for Science Teaching and Learning, which is designed for teachers and school leaders and features components of learning in the science classroom and essential learning events in science.
"A strong foundation in science is essential in equipping every student to graduate prepared for college and career," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "This work supports our organization's goal of ensuring every student is successful."
California is the first state in the nation to adopt a science framework and approve instructional materials based on NGSS, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in an announcement of the adopted materials.
This was the largest state adoption for a content area with 34 programs submitted for review. The State Board of Education approved 29 programs. Districts will have many options of curriculum resources to meet the needs of their students.
For an early preview of the approved, NGSS-aligned science instructional materials, contact the San Diego County Office of Education Learning Resources Display Center.